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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-31-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE NICOLE ROY and her son EMIL, 2, of Griswold, Conn., along with PEARL COLLELO, 7, of Plainfield, Conn., join the Halloween parade to the Foster Fall Festival held at the town's fairgrounds last Saturday. See more photos on page 16. Smithfield's water rates set to see significant increase Allen says it's the cost of doing business, preventing major problems later SMITHFIELD – For the cost of a gallon of water purchased at a super- market, the Smithfield Water Supply Board delivers nearly 1,000 gallons of clean, drinkable water delivered to one's door, said SWSB Commissioner Gene Allen. Providing that effi- ciency and affordabil- ity needs to keep up with the cost of doing business, Allen said. Capital improvements, upgrades, maintenance, and repairs cost money the town has not prepared for in years, he said. Allen said the SWSB and Pioneer Consulting conducted a rate study that proposes an average 37 percent increase for water supply to build a reserve account and pay for potential borrowing to fund repainting and By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See WATER RATES, Page 8 ALLEN SCITUATE – In a society that's shifting its thinking toward sustain- ability, nothing is scarier than the thought of the mountains of food wasted from pumpkin carving sea- son, says Scituate resident Branden Lewis. Lewis, a Johnson & Wales University chef and associate professor, said in his family cook- ing pumpkins is just as much of a Halloween tradition as carving them. "In sustainability circles, many are concerned about food waste with carving a pumpkin and just throwing it out," Lewis said. "It's not so much food waste at all if you do it the right way." Lewis said there are several ways to leave a pumpkin carver with a guilt-free conscience. He said there are many exciting recipes like pumpkin pie or soup, pump- kin ravioli, or pumpkin preserves that can come from carving scraps. Pumpkin carving with little waste and a lot of taste By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer Costumes on parade See PUMPKINS, Page 22 LEWIS SMITHFIELD – Let the lantern light the way through the fields and forests of the Mowry House property with Revive the Roots on the Fall Lantern Walk this Sunday, Nov. 3, at 4 p.m. Revive the Roots, located at 374 Farnum Pike, is teaming up with Light the night, celebrate darkness at 'magical' Fall Lantern Walk By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See LANTERN, Page 10 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 6, 2019 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Our Uplifting Environment and Special Approach to Alzheimer's and Dementia Care have created a Quality of Life You Simply Can't Get Anyplace Else. Your One Stop Source for: 375 Putnam Pike, Village Plaza Smithfield, RI | 757-6872 HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. • Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. •CBD Lotions •Healing Balms •Tinctures •CBD Pet Products Samantha Tavares, GM MENTION THIS AD AND RECEIVE 10% OFF YOUR PURCHASE NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 1, 2019 FREE SAMPLES

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